Common Council expected to vote on $4M bond package for streets, trucks and equipment

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The Common Council is expected to vote on more than $4 million in bond measures this week. The seven-member body meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. To view the agenda, visit romenewyork.com/common-council.

Councilors will review a $3,461,000 bond issuance to pay the cost of roadwork throughout the city. A $1,121,000 omnibus bond measure for various city capital investments is also under consideration. If adopted, the bonding would pay for:

A six wheel dump truck with front and wing plows, a salter, and a Rexroth Salt System — $216,000.

A six wheel dump truck alley truck with front plow — $150,000.

A 10-wheel dump truck with front and wing plows, a salter, and a Rexroth Salt System — $230,000.

A one-ton dump truck with front plow — $100,000.

A roof replacement for the salt barn at the City Yard — $90,000.

HVAC Software for City Hall — $55,000.

Replacement wells for the city landfill — $100,000.

An evidence collection vehicle for the Police Department — $45,000.

Reconstruction of the Laurel Street Fire Station — $45,000.

A heat pump for the DDSO building — $20,000.

A stake rack truck — $40,000.

Traffic controller systems — $20,000.

The council will also vote on resolutions affirming that the bond measures and their related projects will have no significant environmental impact, per state law.

Also on the agenda is a long-tabled amendment to the city’s zoning codes. The council is expected to vote on the changes, pending a review by the Planning Board Tuesday night.

Included in the proposal are redistricting on Griffiss and new regulations for shipping containers and tractor trailers.

On Griffiss’ southeast entrance on Wright Drive, the new codes would rename the “High Technology Corporate Development” subdistrict to “Skyline Gateway” and will expand the allowed uses of the zone. Freight terminals, warehouses and healthcare facilities will be permitted, to encourage “flexibility of development.”

The shipping container codes will allow the use of such in any district in the city without a permit, provided they are used for “loading and unloading” and are removed within 14 days. Longer periods of use will need Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

The containers can’t be stacked or lived in, and must be placed on paved surfaces.

The tractor trailer codes also prohibit their use as permanent storage, but allow temporary on-site storage of tractor trailers in Commercial District lots for five days. Trucks being temporarily stored under that provision must be on a paved surface and must be 20 feet “from any lot line.”

There are currently no rules on the use of either as storage containers, Chief Codes Enforcement Officer Mark Domenico has said.

Councilors will also vote on a resolution affirming that the zoning changes will not negatively impact the environment.

Also before the Common Council on Wednesday:

A resolution permitting Rome to join municipal purchasing collective Sourcewell.

Two rehabilitation agreements with the purchasers of city-owned properties at 116 McAvoy Avenue ($25,000) and 815 Elm Street ($7,500).

The sale of one city-owned property at 502 Mayberry Road for $1,500.

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